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Papua New Guinea Flag Papua New Guinea (The Independent State of Papua New Guinea) is a country in Oceania that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea as well as many offshore islands. It shares a land border to the West with Indonesia and has a coastline of the Pacific Ocean.

As of 2009, the population of the country was estimated at 6,732,000, the majority of whom live in traditional societies and survive by subsistence agriculture. The capital, and largest city, Port Moresby does however have a population of around 250,000.

Papua New Guinea Country Details


Country Name Papua New Guinea
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southeastern Asia
Flag Papua New Guinea Flag
Principal Language English
Capital Port Moresby


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Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Jean-Bernard Carillet

Lonely Planet
Paperback (260 pages)

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Dive among luminous coral reefs; watch a traditional singsing festival group; or sleep in a stilt house on the mighty Sepik river, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - the Kokoda Trail, history, environment, culture, politics
  • Over 45 maps
  • Covers Port Moresby, Central Province, Oro Province, Milne Bay Province, Morobe Province, Madang Province, the Highlands, the Sepik, Island Provinces, the Solomon Islands and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands , our most comprehensive guide to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Jean-Bernard Carillet

Lonely Planet
Paperback (256 pages)

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore underwater treasures including World War II wrecks, challenge yourself with the Kokoda Track, or experience the magnificent pageantry of a Highland festival; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including lifestyle, belief systems, the Kokoda story, history, arts, politics, and landscapes
  • Over 47 local maps
  • Useful features - including Top Experiences, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Diving in PNG & Solomon Islands
  • Coverage of Port Moresby, the Highlands, the Morobe province, Madang, Lae, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Alotau, the Trobriand Islands, Rabaul, Honiara, Kokoda, Wewak, Vanimo, the Sepik, New Britain, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands, our most comprehensive guide to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's South Pacific guide for a comprehensive look at what the whole region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Jean-Bernard Carillet, and Dean Starnes.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)
A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea
By Michael French Smith

University of Hawaii Press
Released: 2014-11-30
Paperback (248 pages)

A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea
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A Faraway Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea is for readers seeking an excursion deep into little-known terrain but allergic to the wide-eyed superficiality of ordinary travel literature. Author Michael French Smith savors the sometimes gritty romance of his travels to an island village far from roads, electricity, telephone service, and the Internet, but puts to rest the cliché of “Stone Age” Papua New Guinea. He also gives the lie to stereotypes of anthropologists as either machete-wielding swashbucklers or detached observers turning real people into abstractions. Smith uses his anthropological expertise subtly, to illuminate Papua New Guinean lives, to nudge readers to look more closely at ideas they take for granted, and to take a wry look at his own experiences as an anthropologist.

Although Smith first went to Papua New Guinea in 1973, in 2008 it had been ten years since he had been back to Kragur Village, Kairiru Island, where he was an honorary “citizen.” He went back not only to see people he had known for decades, but also to find out if his desire to return was more than an urge to flee the bureaucracy and recycled indoor air of his job in a large American city. Smith finds in Kragur many things he remembered fondly, including a life immersed in nature and freedom from 9-5 tyranny. And he again encounters the stifling midday heat, the wet tropical sores, and the sometimes excruciating intensity of village social life that he had somehow managed to forget.

Through practicing Taoist “not doing” Smith continues to learn about villagers’ difficult transition from an older world based on giving to one in which money rules and the potent mix of devotion and innovation that animates Kragur’s pervasive religious life. Becoming entangled in local political events, he gets a closer look at how ancestral loyalties and fear of sorcery influence hotly disputed contemporary elections. In turn, Kragur people practice their own form of anthropology on Smith, questioning him about American work, family, religion, and politics, including Barack Obama’s campaign for president. They ask for help with their financial problems―accounting lessons and advice on attracting tourists―but, poor as they are, they also offer sympathy for the Americans they hear are beset by economic crisis. By the end of the book Smith returns to Kragur again―in 2011―to complete projects begun in 2008, see Kragur’s chief for the last time (he died later that year), and bring Kragur’s story up to date.

A Faraway Familiar Place provides practical wisdom for anyone leaving well-traveled roads for muddy forest tracks and landings on obscure beaches, as well as asking important questions about wealth and poverty, democracy, and being “modern.”

Papua New Guinea
By Bill Sumits

William W. Sumits
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Photographic Journey through the various tribal cultures of Papua New Guinea, from the Sepik River basin to the Huli warriors of the Highlands.
Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea
By Kira Salak

National Geographic
Released: 2004-11-01
Paperback (336 pages)

Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea
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Chronicles the author's journey across the arduous physical and cultural terrain of Papua New Guinea, describing her stay in a village where cannibalism was still practiced, as well as a hazardous trek through the jungle. Reprint.
New Guinea 1:1.65M / 1:1.2M Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
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ITMB Publishing, Ltd
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New Guinea 1:1.65M / 1:1.2M Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
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A double-sided road map of Papua New Guinea 1: 2,000,000 and the Indonesian region of Irian Jaya (Western Papua) 1: 1,650,000 to plan your trip, to prepare your itinerary, and to travel independently in this country in Oceania.

The legend is in English. Touristic information: points of interests, wildlife reserves, museums, airfields, ferries, religious buildings, beaches, lakes, waterfalls, ruins, volcanoes. Comprehensive place name index.

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